Despite the name, the Boston Cooler is a Detroit original. To be properly enjoyed, you must use Vernor's as your ginger ale. However, as it's not readily available in all markets, substitute other brands if you must.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the ginger ale and ice cream in a blender; blend until smooth.

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Nutrition Facts

125 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 22.5g; fat 3.5g; cholesterol 13.9mg; sodium 46.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (12)

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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2011
I used to love Boston coolers when I was a kid. I lived in MI but they were popular there. I think I might try adding a pic later. Either way we used to scoop the ice cream and then add the gingerale to taste more like an ice-cream float. I don't ever remember seeing the two blended together in a blender though not even at the ice cream shops. The combination is so delicious! Read More
(24)
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2011
I used to love Boston coolers when I was a kid. I lived in MI but they were popular there. I think I might try adding a pic later. Either way we used to scoop the ice cream and then add the gingerale to taste more like an ice-cream float. I don't ever remember seeing the two blended together in a blender though not even at the ice cream shops. The combination is so delicious! Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2010
My mom took me for Boston Cooler's at Woolworth's at their soda fountain. It was the best! Vernor's was aged for seven years in oak barrels back then. None of the websites for the real Boston Cooler recipes gave that information. Even the "Vernors" site says it used to be aged for four years in oak barrels. Apparently they don't remember their own history! It was seven years aged back in the fifty's!! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2009
I loved these as a kid in Detroit at the fountain counter at SandersIce Cream stores and i STILL love them! Read More
(12)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2010
Nothing in the world beats this Detroit treat! Unfortunately Vernors gingerale has COMPLETELY changed their recipe but it still beats any other gingerale out there. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2012
Forget the blender and serve with a straw and a spoon. Lucious stuff and SO refreshing. A cherry on top is gilding the lily but kinda fun. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2011
It tastes like a creamsicle...ginger style! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2013
I've been making these for more than 45 years and I still consider these a mind blowing treat. To the reviewer who likened it to a "foamy melted milkshake" add a scoop or two more icecream and it will be as lucious as any milkshake you've ever had. Using a quality vanilla bean icecream takes it over the top as well. For those of you in the Montreal Canada area; try making a cooler with Spruce Beer and French vanilla icecream; that will get your taste buds singing as well. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2015
Couldn't find Vernor's so made it with ginger beer. Awesome!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/02/2012
We enjoyed this it was light and refreshing. It kind of tasted like a foamy melted milkshake. Read More
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